IS A POLE TO WIN IN THE WORKS FOR MCLAREN?

Interesting title isn’t it? Since 2000, the person on pole position at the Spanish Grand Prix has gone on to win the race all but twice. That’s a strong stat to go by. So will Lewis Hamilton and McLaren take the win? We’ll find out tomorrow at the Formula 1 Gran Premio De Espana Santander 2012 in Catalunya, Spain. Lewis qualified in pole position, followed by Williams-Renault’s Pastor Maldonado and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, racing at his home track.
It was an interesting qualifying session this time with only one driver from the top teams (McLaren, Red Bull, Ferrari) making it into the top 10 and some drivers choosing not to run in Q3 to preserve their tires for the race. The surprises were from the Lotus duo of Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen who start tomorrow’s race in 4th and 5th place. Kimi by the way has won this race twice. So keep a look out for him.  Sergio Perez starts off in 6th with a good result for Sauber-Ferrari followed by the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in 7th. Defending champion Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher (a 4 time winner here) and Kamui Kobayashi chose not to run in the Q3 and round up the top 10.
Tire management seems to be the key for the race this weekend as has been voiced by several drivers during the course of this past week. So, will staying out of Q3 help? Or will starting at the head of the pack make the difference? Tune in tomorrow!

The Spanish Grand Prix begins at 2:00pm Spain time. Click here to see your local timing. In India, the race will be broadcast on Star Sports starting at 4:30PM.

See the highlights from the 2011 Spanish Grand Prix below.

Update: McLaren and Lewis Hamilton have been fined and have relinquished the Pole position to Pastor Maldonado. Lewis was penalized for stopping the car on the track after his qualifying session to conserve fuel prior to the start of the race. He will begin the race at the back of the grid.

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